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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Buchanan County Man Sentenced on Child Pornography Charges

ABINGDON, Va.– A Whitewood, Virginia man was sentenced today to 84 months in prison for distributing child pornography using a means or facility of interstate commerce.

According to court documents, Jordan Seth Gross, 21, distributed child pornography to an undercover employee with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in November 2020. Gross admitted to using the KIK computer messenger application to communicate with others in a known child pornography chatroom. Gross accessed his KIK account from both his home in Whitewood, in Buchanan County, Virginia, and his place of employment at Buchanan General Hospital in Grundy, Virginia. Using that account, Gross distributed multiple videos of prepubescent females under the age of twelve engaged in sexually explicit conduct to an FBI employee working undercover in the chatroom.  Gross also admitted purchasing child pornography materials using PayPal.    

Gross pleaded guilty in April 2021 to one count of knowingly distributing one or more visual depictions of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct that has been mailed or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.

Acting U.S. Attorney Daniel P. Bubar of the Western District of Virginia and Stanley M. Meador, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Division announced the sentence today.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Virginia State Police are investigating the case. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lena Busscher is prosecuted the case.

Updated September 7, 2021